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Report: Pistons’ Stuckey benched Sunday for disobeying coach

Apr 4, 2011, 9:01 AM EDT

Rodney Stuckey Chris Bosh Getty Images

You would think after this season every Piston player had to be benched for insubordination for a game. Sunday was Rodney Stuckey’s turn, apparently.

Pistons coach John Kuester benched Stuckey for the Pistons beat down at the hands of the Celtics Sunday as punishment for refusing to enter the game at one point Friday night, according to the Detroit News.

Friday night Stuckey was pulled for Tayshaun Prince with six minutes remaining, then a couple minutes later refused to re-enter the game. His comments after the game Sunday the Detroit News pretty much summed up this season in Detroit.

After Sunday’s game, Stuckey repeatedly said “there are six games left.”

“That’s all I have to say,” said Stuckey when pressed about it. “Six games left. That’s it. I can survive for six games.”

Stuckey will be a restricted free agent this summer… at least he would have been under the current CBA. So the Pistons could match any offer under the old rules. Take your own guess as to what the new rules will be.

The Pistons have had a long season of player run ins with their coach. The team needs to do some housecleaning right now, but until the ownership situation is settled that isn’t likely to happen. So they keep limping along.

  1. purdueman - Apr 4, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    What a bunch of disrespectful, out of control hip hopping bums the Pistons have on their roster. The Pistons are the disgrace of the NBA, not because of their play, but because of having too many street punks trying to take over the asylum.

    At this point I think that Commissioner Stern should step in and start levying escalating stiff fines and unpaid game suspensions. Unless the Pistons coaching staff is allowed to us two by fours, that’s about the only way to get through to this bunch of former gang bangers.

    • rapmusicmademedoit - Apr 4, 2011 at 6:20 PM

      are you a racists, you sure come off as one.
      i think someone used a 2 x 4 on your head.
      you should watch NASCAR.

      • zackd2 - Apr 4, 2011 at 6:28 PM

        You claim he’s a racist, then tell him to go watch NASCAR.

    • purdueman - Apr 4, 2011 at 6:33 PM

      zackd… guess if I’m a racist, that makes Commissioner David Stern one too, as he was the one who personally banned the hip hop off the court clothing and loud music. He did so for a very good reason too… it simply hurts the leagues image and thereby business.

      Hey, there are white trash, hillbillies and white people just as there are hip hop gang bangers and respectable black people. The image that you choose to portray of yourself is up to you, but when you choose to deviate from societal norms by choking your coach, ignoring your coach, openly violating team rules, organizing teammates against management, etc., you’re simply a punk that should get kicked out of the league. Name one other industry where such behavior would be tolerated!

  2. midnite2020 - Apr 4, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    purdueman your an uneducated poor excuse for a basketball fan who doesn’t know what the hell your talking about its bad enough stern is trying to take over the damn league but it racist immature punks like you that the world is the way it is most of the pistons roster have had long careers with drama and ridicule yet because of the rosters “color code” you can’t deal sit down and shutup and learn

    • purdueman - Apr 4, 2011 at 3:10 PM

      midnite… you’re an idiot.

      • rapmusicmademedoit - Apr 4, 2011 at 6:21 PM

        he forgot to call you a douche, you douche.

    • purdueman - Apr 4, 2011 at 6:37 PM

      rapmusic… that would make you a used tampon… first one in you know ‘prior to the douche! I don’t know why you have to stick your big nose in where it doesn’t belong anyways; you have no dog in the fight. That’s a good thing too, because if you did it would probably be a hairless chiwawa.

  3. midnite2020 - Apr 4, 2011 at 8:10 PM

    purdue I understand that you and stern look at the league and dont see many players that you can relate to or look like you its understood that due to slave “breeding” african american athletes are stronger,faster,bigger,and all around more talented but we’ve always been more susceptible to change,acceptance,and FORGIVENESS so while nascar still gives you some satisfaction to see all participants look like you dont expect much from real players and fans who know what you and stern really think and feel.oh and your still a disgrace

    • purdueman - Apr 4, 2011 at 8:47 PM

      midnite… your post is so immature and mis-guided that it really doesn’t deserve a response, but since you choose to portray yourself as being the second Son of God and in the position of power to judge others, much less others who you don’t know, I have to respond before your big brother Jesus gets mad at you and whops you up the side of your screwed up head.

      You’ve clearly got some serious issues and/or you’re a badly mis-guided black person. I don’t give a damn what color a persons skin is or what religion they do or don’t choose to follow (if any). There are things that offend me though and it has nothing to do with race or creed.

      How do you know that I’m not a black man or are married to a black woman? (you don’t). How do you know how many personal friends of color that I have? (you don’t). This is exactly what the foundation of out and out bigotry is based on. If you’re a black man, from your post you must hate on a lot of white people, huh? That’s what your post says about you anyways (including your totally baseless and inane knocks on NASCAR fans who are mostly of course white).

      I am a long time corporate guy, either working for large corporations or working with large corporations. Trust me pal, the kind of behavior exhibited on the part of SEVERAL of the Detroit Pistons would NEVER be tolerated in corporate America… regardless of what color the person exhibiting such bad behavior is. These people would be fired for such actions so fast and given a wedgie out the door by security that it would make their heads spin.

      If you don’t want to be a good employee and exhibit good moral conduct, then simply drop out and go find another line of work to do or go homeless.

      I’ve never been to a NASCAR event, but have many friends who have and from the reports I’ve heard the average NASCAR fans of 2011 are FAR better behaved and civil that a lot of the trailer trash and hillbillies who attend NHL games in the hopes of seeing one or more goon fights.

      Please… you’re the disgrace here, not I. I’m just telling it like it is.

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